California Institute for Rural Studies

Seeds Of Change Episode 3

SEEDS OF CHANGE EPISODE 3 “A Contemporary Harvest: Oakland’s Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm Project.”

Structural systems from zoning laws to the systemic loss of green space have disconnected many Black urban residents of California from agricultural practices. This episode examines how a community garden project in Oakland isn’t just re-connecting local youth to the natural world and making urban gardens grow. Discover how it’s also re-planting seeds of economic empowerment in the process. (Photo Credit: Kelly Carlisle of Acta Non Verba urban farm in Oakland. Courtesy Kelly Carlisle.)

Seeds of Change Episode 3 features interviews from Dr. Analena Hope Hassberg (incoming Cal State LA Assoc. Prof.) and Kelly D. Carlisle (Founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba). It was written and produced by Dr. Caroline Collins (Postdoctoral Fellow at UC San Diego and Cal Ag Roots Producer at the California Institute for Rural Studies) and edited by Li Schmidt (Associate Associate Storyteller and Researcher at the California Institute for Rural Studies).

This project was made possible with support from the 11th Hour Project at the Schmidt Family Foundation.

Music Credits for Episode 3: “Strange Persons” and “Dirty Groove” by Kicksta; “Petit Gennevilliers (Celesta)” by MagnusMoone; “Inward” by HansTroost; “Return,” and “Slow Down” Instrumental produced by Chuki; and “Bird” by songwriter Yuki Asemota (Prod. by Chuki). Tribe of Noise licensing information can be found here: Chuki’s YouTube page can be found here: ( BeatStars Distribution information can be found here: Bandcamp’s terms of use can be found here:

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